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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
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  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. There is a limit of five tables per article.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
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Author Guidelines

Research Article: Academic research and analysis papers (6000 words maximum)

Commentary: Media industry insights, developments and practice (1500-3000 wds)

Frontline: A new journalism as research section (up to 7000 words combined as an in-depth journalism article and a scholarly exegesis)

Reviews: Books, films, online developments, multimedia (800-1500 wds)

Noted section – short reviews (300-350 wds)
(Reviews and Noted are commissioned by the Reviews Editor)

Book review guidelines

Forum: Letters, brief commentaries (up to 800 wds)

Pacific Journalism Review Style Guide:

Call for papers:

Plagiarism Policy

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.  Pacific Journalism Review reserves the right to use Turnitin software to screen any article for plagiarism.  If evidence of plagiarism is found at any stage, (before or after the publication of the paper) the author will be afforded an opportunity for rebuttal.  If the arguments are found to be unsatisfactory, the manuscript will be retracted and the author will be restricted from publishing in our Journal in the future.  We accept all terms and conditions of COPE in relation to plagiarism. 




Academic research and analysis papers (Usually 6000 words maximum).


A section for academic conference panel discussions and debates.


A new journalism-as-research section (up to 7000 words combined as an in-depth journalism article and a scholarly exegesis). Examples include but are not restricted to:

  • Articles addressing the interface between between professional or practice-based journalism and scholarly journalism research practices.
  • An essay or exegesis that analyses critically a piece of the author's own journalism practice.
  • A case study involving a scholarly investigation of a journalism practice.
  • A scholarly content analysis and textual analysis of reportage.
  • An analysis of a form of creative practice -- including fictional writing, experimental documentary, visual arts and music composition -- contributing to the debate on recognition as academic research alongside other forms of scholarly research.
  • Investigative journalism and a scholarly reflexive analysis.

Frontline - an innovative direction in academic journalism by Wendy Bacon

A Frontline example article


A section for academic interviews.


Books, films, online developments, multimedia. (Usually 800-1500 wds); Noted section – short reviews (300-350 wds). Commssioned by the Reviews Editor.


Letters, brief commentaries, and feedback (up to 800 wds).


A photojournalism gallery with or without peer-reviewed article. usually about 12 photos (1 to a page).


A special section for noted journalists, or journalists dying in extreme circumstances.

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